Anchorage library laying off 22 higher-educated librarians, hiring ten new workers at lower pay. Whenever they ask me about the “librarian shortage” I point them to stories like these.

[the mayor] described the library’s layoffs of upper-end employees and the hiring next year of 10 new workers at lower pay as a restructuring…. they will not receive severance pay but will be able to cash out unused leave… Some can choose whether to accept the layoff or to exercise “bumping rights” to move down a step, pushing other workers further down. [thanks bill]